Get ready to ditch the car and don the walking shoes for Walk to School Month this October.
Throughout Walk to School Month Frankston City Council will run several competitions to inspire students to get active on their way to and from school.
Prizes up for grabs include football and skateboarding clinics, group fitness classes for kids, a round of golf and school infrastructure such as path decals and bike racks.
Frankston Mayor Michael O’Reilly said there were many benefits to walking or riding to school.
“You can walk, roll, ride or scoot for a month and help your school win some great prizes.
“Walking will benefit your health and the whole community. It reduces traffic congestion, saves on parking, helps us connect with family and friends and is better for the environment.
“Once you start walking or riding you’ll probably find you don’t want to stop as studies show it takes 30 days to build a habit; the longer we do something healthy, the more likely it will stick.”
There are currently 12 Frankston City schools signed up to this year’s Walk to School Month, which is a VicHealth initiative.
To register for free or for more information visit frankston.vic.gov.au/walktoschool.
Tips for Walk to School Month
- Work out your route and how long it might take in advance, so you can get to class before the bell.
- Be sure to check out the weather forecast the night before so you can pack a raincoat or sun hat.
- Take plenty of water to keep you hydrated.